“Mrs. Best you have to relax. Don’t try to sit up!”

When those words were uttered I felt pain and remembered that I just had surgery. One of the side effects of being under anesthesia is feeling disoriented. I usually wake up ready to walk a lap; however, six weeks ago nurses were telling me to relax. Thanks again for praying for me and my family during this time period. The morning I went into the hospital I remember receiving messages and phone calls from friends who were praying for me. God used your prayers to bring peace to my heart and expedite my recovery; although I was really nervous about my routine procedure. When you have a newborn who relies on you for food, husband whose a ministry team leader and three kids in school, it is no wonder that God’s words become your anchor, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). The Lord has been my deliver, healer and provider during this season.

My mom came back to Cape Town for a shorter 3 week stay to help me again, since I needed someone around to help lift Elle. The weeks following my surgery were extremely busy for Leon and the kids. My family was so grateful to have Mom return.

At the end of October, we had our last monthly outreach. Our Global Church staff showed the Jesus film in the Mfuleni township. They partnered with a local church in the area, and went door to door inviting the community to join. The evening included children’s activities and showing the Jesus Film in the Xhosa language. Mom had the opportunity to participate and see God minister to people in this area. It was a windy evening but a beautiful time exposing people to Jesus.

As 2016 begins to wrap up, our family will make preparations to return to America to visit family, friends and renew our visas on 6 December. Our visit will be very short but we hope to see many of you or at least call you during the holidays. Please be praying for our safety as we travel. Also pray that our visas will be renewed without any complications. Leon will have to go to Washington D.C. to submit our documents. Pray that we will get new visas before the 4 January.

May God Bless you this Christmas season and fill your hearts with His joy, love and peace in the New Year.

Yours in Christ,
Leon and Melanie Best

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